Becoming conscious of one's sin and guilt, plus God's offer of mercy,
can lead to changing one's mind, purpose, and life

REPENT in scriptures [BibleGateway Search]

select Cross Reference Bible links
1 Kings 8:47 and 2 Chronicles 6:37 - change of heart in captivity
Acts 20:21 - both Jews and Gentiles must turn to God in repentance and have faith in Jesus the Messiah
Hebrews 6:1 - repentance from acts that lead to death is basic Christianity
2 Peter 3:9 - slow and patient, God wants everyone to come to repentance
Revelation 2:5, 16, 21-22

REPENTANCE [Easton Bible Dictionary]

There are three Greek words used in the New Testament to denote repentance.

# The verb Metamelomai is used of a change of mind, such as to produce regret or even remorse on account of sin, but not necessarily a change of heart. This word is used with reference to the repentance of Judas (Matthew 27:3).

# Metanoeo, meaning to change one's mind and purpose, as the result of after knowledge. This verb, with (3) the cognate noun Metanoia, is used of true repentance, a change of mind and purpose and life, to which remission of sin is promised.

Evangelical repentance consists of

(1) a true sense of one's own guilt and sinfulness;
(2) an apprehension of God's mercy in Christ;
(3) an actual hatred of sin (Psalms 119:128; Job 42:5,6; 2Co 7:10) and turning from it to God; and
(4) a persistent endeavour after a holy life in a walking with God in the way of his commandments.

The true penitent is conscious of guilt (Psalms 51:4,9), of pollution (51:5,7,10), and of helplessness (51:11; 109:21,22). Thus he apprehends himself to be just what God has always seen him to be and declares him to be. But repentance comprehends not only such a sense of sin, but also an apprehension of mercy, without which there can be no true repentance (Psalms 51:1; 130:4).


REPENT [Thompson Chain Reference]

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